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Body mass index

Synonym(s)

  • BMI
  • Quetelet's index

Definition(s)

A measure of body fat that is the ratio of the weight of the body in kilograms to the square of its height in meters (a body mass index in adults of 25 to 29.9 is considered an indication of overweight, and 30 or more an indication of obesity)-- abbreviation BMI; called also Quetelet index.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: August 25, 2014